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Milton Hershey School Helps Lifer Prepare for Post-Graduation

Milton Hershey School has had more than 600 alumni enroll in pre-K, kindergarten, or first grade—or sometimes even earlier. At MHS, these students earn the distinction of being a “lifer” once they complete their 12 years of schooling and graduate. As we prepare to celebrate them at the school’s 89th Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, June 11, we asked several of this year’s 18 lifers what their time at MHS has meant to them.

Milton Hershey School lifer Dahyuah Kapel.

What does it mean to be an MHS lifer to you?

It means everything to be a lifer! This distinction represents my 12-year journey at MHS and my growth and development as a person. It shows that I have accomplished something that many people do not get to experience in their lifetime.

How has your time at MHS helped prepare you for life after graduation?

My time at MHS has helped me prepare for life after graduation in a variety of ways. Starting with learning the importance of taking care of my responsibilities, time management, and keeping my priorities straight. I even learned the value of using my voice in situations and showing my perseverance. I believe all of these skills that I have developed will help me in my post-graduate life.

What are you most looking forward to after graduation?

After graduation, I am most looking forward to new experiences. I hope these opportunities will challenge me and continue to help me grow into the person I aspire to be.

When you think about life after graduation from Milton Hershey School, as a lifer, what comes to mind?

When I think about life after graduation, as a lifer, what comes to mind is my next chapter, which for me is college. I am prepared for this chapter because of the lessons, love, and support I’ve been given at MHS.

Read More about the Significance of Lifers at MHSLearn More about the Class of 2023

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